July 16, 2008 Subject:
Canadian pioneer spirit: Anthropology Light Read
Objective, simple and straight forward experiences of an Englishman's family's immigration to Canada and homesteading in the territories West of Saskatoon, is what you get when you read this book. Written like a series of monthly letters home, it is a very easy read, clearly setting forth the ambitious plans, hopes, and challenges of a novice settling into and conquering pioneer life. What it lacks in intellectual depth and complex explanation it more than makes up by its concise and connected movement through the passage of time as a homestead is established and the community grows. There is much left for the imagination regarding the srength of the human spirit in the hinted contrast of the austere life which is chosen over the familiar life of the homeland. The author gives brief glimpses into his emotional experiences as he writes to the reader which pulls one in to his story like a member of the family. With its brevity, its simplicity, and the intimate lightness, the author shares with the reader his informative story without serious demands which makes it entertaining, engaging, and a relaxing indulgence: easy to put down and rest w/o intrusions and easy to pick up again.....for which I rated it so highly due to the rarity of such upon the modern mind.